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New Zealand, Irving names distribution

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Date: 2021 [unknown]
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New Zealand documented Genealogical sources start with arrival of settlers after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 1 July 1841. Initially a part of New South Wales, Australia until 1856.


New Zealand genealogical source Distribution for the name IRVING

Search Provider Wikitree Family Search Find a Grave/Ancestry
New Zealand38624,8881,789
North Island
Bay of Plenty09,67842
Hawkes Bay19,3043
South Island
West Coast19,26415
Chatham Islands000
It is important to note that the numbers provided are estimations only and do not reflect unique records for unique individuals; a single person may be reflected in multiple records. In the case of Ancestry, these numbers also include the number of images and family trees the name appears in. In Family Search it does not differentiate between the various names.
  • Some records are stored by City without the provence, i.e. Nelson rather than Tasman.
  • Some government records are stored just as New Zealand.

Data last Updated 29 September 2021 by Bill Irving (IRVING-332).

NZ Electoral role

An electoral roll is a list of people who have enrolled to vote. New Zealand has two electoral rolls: the Māori Electoral Roll and the General Electoral Roll.

These electoral roles are databases for people living in New Zealand. They include the address.

There are a number of ways to access the electoral role. These included DV’s produced by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc.

A DVD called 5 significnat Election Rolls provides the following information about Irving’s living in New Zealand

1881 Lists 22 people with the surname Irving
1895 Lists 72 people with the surname Irving
1896 Lists 83 people with the surname Irving
1911 Lists 166 people with the surname Irving
1925 Lists 211 people with the surname Irving

NZ Marriages – DVD produced by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc.

1836 to 1900 Lists 69 people with the surname Irving
1901 to 1956 Lists 422 people with the surname Irving

Great War Role of Honour (World War 1 1914 to 1918)

Lists 81 people with the surname Irving who died.

New Zealand Burial Location – DVD produced by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Inc.

1836 to 1900 Lists 64 people buried with the surname Irving
1901 1980 Lists 569 people buried with the surname Irving


In the 2018 census, 71.8% of New Zealand residents identified ethnically as European, and 16.5% as Māori. Other major ethnic groups include Asian (15.3%) and Pacific peoples (9.0%), two-thirds of whom live in the Auckland Region. The population has become more diverse in recent decades: in 1961, the census reported that the population of New Zealand was 92% European and 7% Māori, with Asian and Pacific minorities sharing the remaining 1%. While the demonym for a New Zealand citizen is New Zealander, the informal "Kiwi" is commonly used both internationally and by locals. The Māori loanword Pākehā has been used to refer to New Zealanders of European descent, although some reject this name. The word today is increasingly used to refer to all non-Polynesian New Zealanders. The Māori were the first people to reach New Zealand, followed by the early European settlers. Following colonisation, immigrants were predominantly from Britain, Ireland and Australia because of restrictive policies similar to the White Australia policy. There was also significant Dutch, Dalmatian, German, and Italian immigration, together with indirect European immigration through Australia, North America, South America and South Africa. Net migration increased after the Second World War; in the 1970s and 1980s policies were relaxed, and immigration from Asia was promoted. In 2009–10, an annual target of 45,000–50,000 permanent residence approvals was set by the New Zealand Immigration Service—more than one new migrant for every 100 New Zealand residents. In the 2018 census, 27.4% of people counted were not born in New Zealand, up from 25.2% in the 2013 census. Over half (52.4%) of New Zealand's overseas-born population lives in the Auckland Region. The United Kingdom remains the largest source of New Zealand's immigrant population, with around a quarter of all overseas-born New Zealanders born there; other major sources of New Zealand's overseas-born population are China, India, Australia, South Africa, Fiji and Samoa. The number of fee-paying international students increased sharply in the late 1990s, with more than 20,000 studying in public tertiary institutions in 2002.

  • Source: Wikipedia

The information below is from British and Irish Immigration.

Gross emigration from the United Kingdom to New Zealand and Australasia 1840-1852

Year New Zealand Australasia

Data last Updated 29 September 2021 by Bill Irving (IRVING-332).

The Provincial and Gold-rush years, 1853-70

New Zealand experienced a series of major events during the period 1853-1870, which greatly affected immigration. One was the coming of limited self-government with a quasi-federal structure in 1854 and which left to provinces responsibility for encouraging immigration. They did so with a series of schemes. Another was the New Zealand Wars which brought soldiers and military settlers once more to New Zealand. Third, there were important economic developments – the growth of extensive pastoralism and the discovery of gold. Both also attracted people to these shores. The result was a dramatic expansion of New Zealand’s non-Maori population, from almost 27 000 in 1851 to almost 98 000 in 1861 and 255 000 a decade later.

The Great Migration, 1871-1890

The 1860s ended, after years of conflict, in recession, high public debt, growing strain between central and provincial governments, and low levels of net immigration. Vogel’s answer was an expansionist policy which, despite some opposition within the colony, included both capital borrowing and the introduction of immigrants on a large scale.1 In July 1869, he outlined his proposals to encourage renewed immigration, referring to tangible inducements which included ‘deferred payments and ... guaranteed employment on arrival,’ while insisting that the ‘old world’ problem of a pauperised ‘submerged tenth’ would not reappear, nor would New Zealand become a ‘receptacle’ for ‘the refuse populations of large towns and cities, composed of beings hopelessly diseased in body and mind, deficient in all capacity for useful labour, vagrant and idle alike by habit and inclination, paupers by profession, and glorifying in being so.’2 Vogel also hoped that immigration in association with public works like roads and railways would settle down the frontier. New settlement, especially on land confiscated from Maori, might improve security. Vogel’s proposals implied planning and organisation on a large scale, and the careful selection of migrants. In fact, the Immigration and Public Works Bill, introduced into Parliament in 1870 simply empowered the government to enter into contracts to select and bring to New Zealand the number and type of immigrants requested by the provincial superintendents. What followed over the next few years was more extensive. It eventually included the provision of subsidised and free passages, a scheme which allowed relatives, friends and employers in the colony to nominate immigrants, the centralisation of the recruitment drive in the London-based Agency General, and then extensive efforts using recruiting agents and lecturers to attract particularly agricultural labourers and single women.

Economic growth and renewed immigration, 1891-1915

By 1891 New Zealand was emerging from the depression of the 1880s, and, indeed, the period 1895-1907 was one of strong and continuous economic growth marked by full employment and rising real wages. A sharp recession in 1908-1910 was followed by a resumption of growth which continued until the equally sharp recession of 1921-1922. The relative prosperity of the period was based on continuing land settlement, the advent of refrigerated marine transport, the remarkable growth of dairying and other small-scale intensive farming, the expansion of secondary industry, (especially in food processing), a revival of gold mining (both gold dredging and hard-rock mining), and the rapid growth of coal mining. Further, the Liberals resumed borrowing and initiated a new public works programme, expanded primary and secondary schooling and technical training, and improved and expanded health services.1 New Zealand’s non-Maori population almost doubled during the period 1891-1915, rising from some 625 000 in 1891 to almost 1.1 million in 1916. Immigration, which had fallen to low levels during the 1890s, began to rise from about 1900, and quickened following the re-introduction of assistance in 1904, although considerable resistance to large-scale immigration remained.2 Emigration from the United Kingdom slowed during the 1890s, a decade which included serious depressions in the United States, Argentina, and Australia, but surged after the turn of the century in response to economic recovery in the major destinations and to low real trans-oceanic passage costs.

Year Born in the UK Total Arrivals

Data last Updated 29 September 2021 by Bill Irving (IRVING-332).

The interwar immigrants, 1916-1945

The rising prosperity New Zealand enjoyed during and immediately after the Great War ended in a sharp recession in 1921-1922, the first of a number of economic fluctuations which culminated in the Depression of the 1930s. The Depression, in particular, saw a sharp fall in export prices and in New Zealand terms of trade, a fall of some 30 per cent in gross domestic product, and a decline in per capita incomes of between ten and 20 per cent.1 The rate of growth of the non-Maori population fell from an average of 2.2 per cent per annum from 1916 to 1926 to 1.1 per cent, during the period 1926-1936, and then to 0.8 per cent in the years from 1936 to 1945. That decline reflected a fall in the number of births, a continuing contraction in completed family size, postponement of marriage and child-bearing with depression and then war, and fluctuations in net immigration. It also stimulated a great deal of debate about optimum population size, defence, the role of women, and the need for immigration. The years of growth from Britain and Ireland were in considerable part a reflection of the revival of assisted immigration. During the whole period 1916-45 almost 74,000 assisted migrants, all from the United Kingdom, reached New Zealand. During the years of peak inflow, that is, 1919-1930, assisted arrivals, who numbered almost 72,000, made up 59.3 per cent of gross arrivals from the United Kingdom. Assisted arrivals fell to very low levels during World War 1, but accelerated sharply in 1919 and reached, after a slight check in 1923, a peak in 1926. Thereafter the number of assisted arrivals fell sharply as assistance was reduced and finally suspended for all but a few categories. Source:


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